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American Sign Language

Nonverbal Communication for the Hearing Impaired Overview Fast Facts American Sign Language (ASL) forms the basis for nonverbal communication worldwide. Our ASL courses focus on the principles, methods and techniques for communicating with hearing-impaired individuals who sign. Classes cover sign skills, manual alphabet, numbers, and essential sign vocabulary. For more details, click on the “American Sign Language Class” link on the right. The written history of sign language began in the 17th century in Spain. Sign Language has its own grammatical structure independent of any spoken/written language, e.g. English, Zulu, and Xhosa, etc. South African Sign Language (SASL), despite regional differences and variations, has the same grammatical structure countrywide. SASL is not more or less abstract than any spoken language. It is capable of expressing with all its subtlety and complexity. (Sources: American School for the...

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Overview Career Opportunity Fast Facts The study of English is about much more than reading and writing; it’s a doorway into a realm of career opportunity and creative expression that lasts a lifetime. SMCC’s English program is an ideal major for careers that require skills in critical thinking, reading, and communication. Many businesses and professional schools prefer the well-rounded training that the program provides. A study of English can provide a foundation for careers in virtually every field. Job Titles Creative Writer Journalist Freelance Technical Writer Media Research Associate Executive Assistant Magazine Editor Teacher A major in English can be good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science/government, public administration, psychology, counseling, communications, and religious studies (i.e., seminary). Develop a specialty area of interest via additional coursework and/or work experience for greater marketability within that specific career field. Save samples of written work to be used for a portfolio. Be prepared to be proactive, determined, assertive, and confident in order to secure freelance writing opportunities. Writers typically experience many rejections for each piece that is accepted for publication. Cultivate other career opportunities in order to supplement a freelance writing income. Obtain...

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English as a Second Language

  English as a Second Language South Mountain Community College can help you improve your English language, literacy and academic skills so that you can reach your goals! ESL courses offers English language classes for students of all skill levels. English as a Second Language instructors can support you in your personal, educational, family and work-related goals. Get Started Here – Empieza Aquí – Начать здесь – bắt đầu ở đây – 这里介绍 Call 602.305.5771 to schedule your assessment and placement appointment and learn more about ESL registration and classes.   Links Academic Advising Academic Calendar Academic Departments Academic Programs Career and Technical Programs College Catalog Search for Classes Transfer Degree Transfer Information...

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Overview Fast Facts In a land known for wine, cheese, and romance, life’s possibilities are endless. Now you can learn one of the most romantic languages in history and discover Europe’s heritage. With a strong economic system and a history of growth, Europe is at the pinnacle of business. Learning French will enable you to work overseas and give you an edge in European business. At South Mountain Community College, you can learn to speak French in weeks. These in-depth courses focus on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. In addition to learning the language, you will gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and historical aspects of France. French is the 6th most commonly spoken language in the world, with 274 million speakers. French is the second most commonly-taught second language in the world (after English). French is one of two or more official languages in Belgium, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey), Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti (the two official languages are French and French Creole), Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Vanuatu. There are 33 French speaking-countries – French is the or an official language in 33 countries, second only to English (spoken officially in...

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From the Autobahn to Oktoberfest… Overview Fast Facts Spoken by over 100 million native speakers and over 80 million non-native speakers, German is the most popular language throughout Europe. Next to Germany, the U.S. has the honor of holding the largest concentration of German speakers. Now, you can learn to speak German at South Mountain Community College! Join in on the fun with courses that focus on vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills while teaching you a little about Germany’s fascinating culture. German is spoken by more than 100 million people. There are two principal divisions of the German language: High German, or Hochdeutsch, and Low German, or Plattdeutsch. German is a member of the Indo-European language family. At some time during the disintegration of the Indo-European Community a group of tribes made their way to north-west Europe and there developed a Bronze Age Culture probably around 2,000 BC. Instruction in the German language is supported on all continents. German is part of the West Germanic group of languages within the Indo-European language family and is a close relative of English. Many famous musicians and scientists like Goethe, Mozart, Beethoven, Freud, and Einstein wrote and spoke German. (Sources: German Language...

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When the Moon Hits Your Eyes… Overview Fast Facts There’s nothing more romantic than the language of love, but it has a very practical side as well. With over 70 million Italian speakers and an international economy, bypassing any type of language barrier is important for a number of economic and social reasons. Learn Italian as a second language and impress your colleagues while increasing your potential to land critical business contracts. During this course, students will experience total immersion in the Italian language. Learn basic vocabulary and terminology, as well as important phrases for use at work, during shopping or while on vacation. Italy is slightly larger than Arizona. Almost 20% of Italy’s population is over 65 years old. Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland. The average Italian family has 1.27 children. The Italian flag was inspired by the French flag, introduced during Napoleon’s 1797 invasion of the peninsula. The average Italian makes $26,700 a year, however those in the more prosperous north make almost $40,000 The thermometer is an Italian invention. Italy’s unemployment rate is around 8.6%, but it is as high as 20% in the more impoverished south. Italian farms produce...

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Land of the Rising Sun Overview Fast Facts Comprised of over 3,000 islands, Japan boasts the world’s tenth largest population with 127 million people. In addition to having a fascinating and ancient history, Japan has secured a place in the 21st century as a key player in the global economy. Learn to speak Japanese at South Mountain Community College. Our courses focus on vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills, and also allow a glimpse into the complex heritage and customs of Japanese culture. Japan has 192 volcanoes, of which 58 are still active. Japan has an area slightly smaller than California and has a population of 127 million, making this country the fifth most populous in the world. The five main islands of Japan are Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Hokkaido and Okinawa. English-speaking policemen wear a red armband. Shintoism, Buddhism and Christianity are the main religions practiced in Japan. The three largest corporations in Japan are 1) Mitsubishi, 2) Sumitomo, and 3) Itoh. Japan’s unemployment is about 3 percent. Tradition says that the eldest son and his wife have the major responsibility for caring for his parents. Most Japanese have studied English in school, but their studies were geared toward passing...

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Welcome 21st Century Reading Students! Overview Fast Facts The SMCC Reading Department offers courses designed to help students develop reading skills that will improve academic success.   Students will also use various critical thinking strategies to enhance their confidence in their ability to read insightfully in college courses across all disciplines.  We offer courses from the beginning level (RDG071, RDG081, RDG091, RDG 095) to college-level reading (CRE 101 –Critical/Evaluative Reading).    In our commitment to guiding all students through the levels, we strive for intellectually stimulating classroom environments that can and do make a difference in college, at home, and in the business communities. For a listing of Reading class offerings available in the upcoming semester, use the “Reading Classes” link on the right. 25% of children with reading disabilities drop out of school, a rate twice that of their classmates. 25% of adults in this country lack the basis literacy skills required for a typical job. 50% of juvenile delinquents manifest some kind of learning disability, primarily in the area of reading. Students who read magazines and newspapers regularly for enjoyment also tend to be better readers than those who do not. Students who read widely and frequently are...

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Diverse Ecosystems, Fascinating Cultures and Historic Lives Overview Fast Facts Today, Spanish is an official language of Spain, most Latin American countries, and Equatorial Guinea. In all, 21 nations speak it as their primary language and it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Obviously Spanish is an important part of our U.S. culture and heritage. With our close proximity to Mexico, it is important that we have a working knowledge of the language. There are many ways to learn the Spanish language at South Mountain Community College. Whether it’s a short course in Speedy Spanish or traditional courses in Elementary Spanish and Spanish Conversation —or even specialized courses like Medical Spanish—we have the class that’s right for you. Spanish counts more than 470 million native speakers worldwide, second only to Mandarin. Spanish, along with French, is the official language of Equatorial Guinea, making it the only country in Africa with an official Spanish presence. The country’s official name is República de Guinea Ecuatoria. As of 2011, the United States had a Hispanic population of approximately 52 million people. Of them, nearly two-thirds trace their roots to Mexico, with 86 percent indicating Spanish as their...